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Begin at Banner Elk, NC and take route 184 north toward Beech Mountain. 184 eventually turns into Beech Mountain Parkway and then to Village Road. Take that till it T's into N. Pinnacle Ridge Road where you want to take a left. Stay on that and after you pass Winter Road (on the right) the road will change names to Oz Road and take you to the "Land of Oz".
This route is the only way up to Beech Mountain Resort. The weak part is all the development. The strong part is the beautiful views and that you get to the Land Of Oz at the top (note: Land of Oz is currently listed on Google as "defunct" and only open to the public one weekend in the fall). We were late in the day at dinner time for deer and saw many doe with twins and triplets.
The road has some sweeping curves and many switchbacks and hairpins that are not too difficult going up but coming down need care. The road is quite steep in places but this is the road to a resort community and ski area so cars and buses do it quite a bit. Dragons Back has nothing on this road. I didn't think to count the curves but I'll bet there are more than 318. Near the top there is a section of gravel road of about 1/4 mile. Then back to pavement.
You can get anything you want on the mountain. We were there in August so some businesses were closed but plenty of places to eat and some shopping. Gas is also available in and around the business district of Beech Mountain. We decided not to pursue a beer until we got back down. It is not a road to ride with any alcohol in you.
At the top you will find the Land of OZ which is no longer open to the public except one weekend in the fall. Now it is a special events venue. However, there are homes that take advantage of the idea. One had the talking tree. We do not know if it actually talked. Another had a long brick sidewalk painted yellow. My girlfriend's daughter is a OZ nut so we had to see it. She walked the sidewalk photographed a doe with her triplets on it and had an exciting time. Nobody came out and charged us with trespassing.
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